Clemson Tigers Vs. Virginia Tech Hokies 12/3/11 Steve’s Free College Football Pick Against the Spread
The Struggling Clemson Tigers will be hosting the rock solid Virginia Tech Hokies this weekend for the ACC Championship.
Clemson brings an impressive 9-3 record to the table this weekend against the Hokies, but that record does lose its luster somewhat when you take into account that the Tigers have lost their last two games, including being blown out by the South Carolina Gamecocks 34-13. The Tigers have a solid offense which is built around the arm of Tajh Boyd who has thrown for over 3300 yards this season. Clemson is averaging 33.3 points per game which ranks them 30th in the nation, but in Clemson's last game against the Hokies the Virginia Tech defense held the Tigers to 23 points and just over 320 yards total. The Clemson defense has been a problem lately as the Tigers are allowing 27.5 points per game (66th in the nation), however in Clemson's last meeting with the Hokies the Tigers shut down the Va. Tech offense allowing just 258 yards to the Virginia Tech offense, and more importantly just three points.
The Virginia Tech Hokies have just one loss on the season and will be representing the Coastal division this weekend in the ACC Championship. Virginia Tech has just one loss this year, and it was at the hands of the Clemson Tigers. Virginia Tech gets their wins by controlling the ball on the ground as the Hokies average just under 200 yards per game running the ball, and playing very solid defense, giving up just 15.5 points per game, good enough for seventh in the nation. Virginia Tech had problems getting things going against the Tigers in their last matchup in early October as Hokie quarterback Logan Thomas threw for just 125 yards and one pick against the Tigers. David Wilson did have some success on the ground for Va. Tech as the Hokie back rushed for 123 yards against the Tigers, but the Hokies were only able to manage three points against the Clemson defense.
The Clemson Tigers are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games, and the total has gone under in four of the last five games for the Tigers. The Hokies are 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 games, and the total has gone under in four of the last five games for the Hokies.
Virginia is perhaps one loss away from playing for the National Championship, and that loss came against the Clemson Tigers who the Hokies will be facing this weekend. Virginia Tech has been handling every opponent they have played lately, and while the Hokies do have a tendency to play down to their opponents level at times, I don't think that will be the case this weekend as I like Virginia Tech to get revenge for their loss earlier this year with a win and a cover against the Clemson Tigers.